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Better Late Than Never: Congress Approves Budget Deal After Brief Shutdown

After the briefest—and most unnecessary—government shutdown in U.S. history, Congress passed a 2-year budget deal Friday morning to lift spending caps for defense and urgent domestic priorities, provide much needed funding for disaster relief and community health centers, and keep the federal government open for another 6 weeks while appropriators in Congress continue work on a long-term spending bill.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 09, 2018


Another Month, Another Short-Term Spending Bill For Congress

Once again, Congress is less than a week away from allowing the federal government to run out of money. Again, all signs are pointing towards a scramble by Republican leadership in the House and Senate to round up the votes they need to keep the lights on at the Capitol with another continuing resolution (CR). If this feels like Groundhog’s Day to you, it might be because it is Groundhog’s day today, or because this could be the fifth time in five months that Congress has kicked the can down the road with a short-term spending bill instead of completing a budget funding bill for the Fiscal Year 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 02, 2018


As a Government Shutdown Nears, HIV Advocates Prepare For Furloughs

For the fourth time in as many months, Congress is in danger of failing to fund the federal government and once again finds itself standing on the precipice of a government shutdown. In the previous three instances, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate have won the support of their GOP colleagues and a smattering of Democrats by pushing short-term funding extensions designed to keep the government open long enough to negotiate a year-long spending package. However, after watching GOP leadership repeatedly kick the budgetary can down the road and after a disastrous meeting on immigration with President Trump last week, Senate Democrats and a few Senate Republicans appear poised to say enough.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 19, 2018


Another Stalemate & Possible Shutdown Loom Over Congress

At the start of 2017, Congressional Republicans laid out an ambitious conservative agenda. In their “200 Day Plan”, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled an extensive to-do list. Fast-Forward to the start of 2018 and the GOP has only fulfilled one of these goals—narrowly passing their tax cut legislation in December—and it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to make much headway on the rest of their to-do-list this year.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 12, 2018


Congress Passes Another Continuing Resolution, Funding the Government Until Jan 19th

Congress has again managed to scrape together a bill to avoid a government shutdown at the very last minute, with Senators voting 66-32 to approve the roughly four-week continuing resolution. With last night’s passage of Congress’ third short term funding deal which also averts “pay-go,” a rule requiring that Congress pay for its measures or cut spending, the government will stay open through Jan. 19.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 22, 2017


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Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, December 19, 2017


The Art of the Deal: Year-End Rush Finds Legislators Trading Votes to Secure Priorities in Final Legislation

Avoiding a government shutdown by mere hours, both the House and the Senate passed another continuing resolution (CR) Thursday evening, which was soon after signed into law by President Trump. A continuing resolution is a temporary funding measure, extending the funding for all federal government activities decided upon in fiscal year (FY) 2017 into fiscal year 2018, which started on October 1st. This CR only funds the government through December 22nd, which means that lawmakers will seek to negotiate a final FY18 spending bill (also called an omnibus bill) until three days before Christmas. Failure to come to an agreement could result in a government shutdown, although there will likely be an effort to pass another CR before that happens.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 08, 2017


Slouching Towards a Possible Government Shutdown (Again)

While the Congress is consumed with a host of end of year activities including tax reform, several fiscal cliffs, nominations and sexual harassment allegations and reforms, there is one major function that is an absolute must do for the Congress. Fund the federal government! Even though FY18 began months ago on October 1st, none of the 12 funding bills have been signed into law and the government is currently operating under a temporary funding measure known as a continuing resolution (CR) that runs out on December 8th. The main reason a funding package for FY18 remains incomplete is due congresses inability to agreement on how much overall funding is available for the year.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 01, 2017


With Tax Cuts Front & Center, Congress Looks To Kick The Budgetary Can Down The Road Again

Amidst all the intrigue and politicking around Republican plans to institute the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 3 decades, Congress seems to have relegated the funding of the federal government for the 2018 Fiscal Year to little more than an afterthought. With a government shutdown looming in a month, all signs in Congress are pointing towards yet another continuing resolution being issued by Congress that would postpone the passage of FY18 appropriations packages into January or February of 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 09, 2017


With a Government Shutdown Looming, Congressional Republicans Focus on Tax Cuts

There is plenty of nuance and complexity to the current goings-on in Congress, with countless reams of paper and barrels of ink being devoted to its explication on a daily basis. However, for those who live outside the beltway or don’t hang on every word uttered by Congressional leadership, the best description of what’s happening on Capitol Hill is also the simplest: it’s a mess. And, as of right now, it looks as if that mess is going to get worse before it gets better. While it’s not exactly breaking news that Congress isn’t operating as a model of legislative efficiency, the degree to which Congress is balking at fulfiling even its most rudimentary duties is itself remarkable. As has become customary in receny years, Congress is once again behind in the annual appropriations process and it appears as if a new spending deal may have to wait until 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 03, 2017

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